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411's The Ultimate Fighter LIVE on FX: Team Faber vs Team Cruz Episode 12 Report
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 05.25.2012



The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
Episode 12


Meet the Cast:

Coaches

TEAM CRUZ


Dominick Cruz
Phil Davis
Eric DelFierro
Ross Pearson
Shannon Slack
Wilson Reis
Lloyd Irvin
Doug Balzarin

TEAM FABER


Urijah Faber
Master Thong
Fabio Prado
Dustin Akbari
Justin Buccholz
Lance Palmer
TJ Dillashaw

Fighters

Lightweights

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)



TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)



KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition

Last week we saw our final two quarterfinal fights, with Vinc Pichel picking up a majority decision win over Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta TKO'ed teammate Andy Ogle. Also, Dana announced that Urijah Faber would be taking on Renan Barao for the interim bantamweight title because of Dominick Cruz's knee injury.

FADE IN: We see Vick walking into the event center, while Chiesa is already inside getting his hands taped. Pichel comes in wearing a jersey signed by his teammates, while Iaquinta comes in to a round of cheers from the rest of Team Faber. We get our standard song and video intro.

We open at Red Rock Harley-Davidson as the winning fight and his coach will each receive a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and the four semifinalist get to do motorcycle boot camp. They're joined by Theo Rossi from Sons of Anarchy, and it seems like everyone wants a motorcycle. Not surprising, as these are some seriously nice motorcycles. They get to see customization options, followed by trying on leathers and boots, and then starting and shifting the bikes.

Back to the house and Tickle looks to prank Cruikshank, tossing a water bottle at his junk. Cruickshank comes out, kicks Tickle and then throws some shots at him. Cristiano Marcello breaks them up and Cruickshank immediately realizes that he shouldn't have done that. Dana brings them into the training center and tells them that they have accomplished something that no one else has done by doing it live and staying in the house longer than anyone. Dana announces that everyone will fight in the final, except for Rio, who has a broken rib, and Ogle, who has a concussion. Dana doubled the commission's 45-day suspension, but he promised Ogle that he'd be back. Ogle runs up to Dana and asks to fight on the Nottingham, England, card in September, and Dana gives him the spot.

Team Cruz training session, and Cruz says no one in the house has been able to stop what Vick does, which is use his distance and punish people when they try to get inside. Vick says the key is going to be keeping his back off of the cage, using his footwork, and keeping moving to hopefully knock Chiesa out. Cruz is worried that if Vick gets pulled down by Chiesa, he's a sitting duck, and that certainly seems to be the case. Cruz says the only way for Vick to win the fight is to keep it standing.

Team Faber training session, and Chiesa says he can wrestle a guy with Vick's build because he's done it before and that he can stand and trade with a dangerous striker. Chiesa has a terrible practice striking, getting hit repeatedly and not landing anything of his own. Chiesa is crying, and he goes to the bathroom and won't immediately let Faber in. It looks like all the emotion is finally catching up to him after he's done a great job of putting it away thus far. Faber says Chiesa has had some wavering emotions but if he shows up 100%, he's going to win the fight.

Mmmmmm…Brittney Palmer social media pimp, followed by Anik promoting the Facebook promotion to pick the walk-out music for the fighters in next week's finale. Anik breaks down the rules of the Octagon (three judges, two five-minute rounds with a sudden victory round if necessary, 10-point must system, and scoring criteria), and we get our run outs. Vick is out first and he looks a little more calm than before either of his first two fights, and Chieas is out next, looking equally confident as he slaps hands with his teammates. Vick is older, slightly taller, and a half-inch longer reach, and both guys are undefeated thus far. Herb Dean is our referee and we're underway.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: James Vick (Team Cruz) vs Michael Chiesa (Team Faber)

Round 1: Touch of the gloves and they circle. Both guys whiff on kicks, then Chiesa lands a glancing body kick and a leg kick that Vick checks. Vick answers with a pair of nice kicks of his own, and then he reaches with a body punch and a body kick. Vick with a leg kick and Chiesa comes after him with a combination, but Vick sthicks his hand out and limits the effectiveness. Chiesa clinches and pushes Vick against the cage, but Vick defends well. Chiesa works a few knees and then Vick takes him down. They scramble, Chiesa tries to take Vick down, but he never has control. They separate and Vick lands a kick to Chiesa's shoulder. Chiesa lands a nice punch, but Vick lands a combination in answer. Chiesa slips and Vick lands a straight punch to the face. Chiesa slips again and Vick landing jabs and straights pretty much at will. Vick with another nice combination and a BIG overhand right. Chiesa lands a straight. Vick kicks him in the body, Chiesa looks for a takedown, but Vick crossfaces the shit out of him to block it and they remain standing. Chiesa lands a nice pair of punches but Vick comes in with a nice combination and a knee and Chiesa goes down. Vick working from side control and then from the sprawl position and he mounts Chiesa with a guillotine in. Chiesa looks to be fading, but he's saved by the bell.

Scorecard: Vick, 10-9

Round 2: Touch of the gloves and Chiesa comes out feinting. He lands a punch and Vick backs off. Vick answers with a leg kick and a right punch, then a combination, then a jab. Chiesa with a body kick, but they get tangled up when both guys try to follow up. Vick again working the angles and he lands a big straight and a combination that puts Chiesa on his butt momentarily. Chiesa coming forward with leg kicks, but Vick answers. Chiesa with a combination and Vick looks to be trying to time his shots, but Chiesa takes him down, gets the mount, and pounds him out!

Official Decision – Winner: Michael Chiesa, KO (Punches, 1:55, Round 2)

After that first round and how well he defended against Chiesa's takedown, I thought Vick was a shoo-in for the finals. Excellent job of adjusting his strategy by Chiesa. Chiesa shouts out his family again and he says it wasn't the prettiest but he won't quit. He's gotten hurt in both fights but he's never out of them. Chiesa says you have to trust in your killer instinct, no matter how bad a week you have, and he shouts out his coaches and teammates and family again. Vick is disappointed, says he thought he was winning but he messed up, he gets bleeped out, then says it was embarrassing to lose.

Team Faber training session and Iaquinta says it's been crazy, there's not time to celebrate, and he has to get his weight down. Faber says Iaquinta has lived up to his first pick billing, he never complains, and he's as tough as they come. Faber says Al and Pichel are both as tough as they come and like to come forward and be the aggressor, but Iaquinta is the better striker. Faber tells Iaquinta that Pichel has a lucky chance but that's it, and Iaquinta says he's gotten through everything else to get here, and he doesn't see Pichel as being any different.

Team Cruz training session, and Pichel says he's worked really hard and he's going to do whatever it takes to be the guy on the finale. Pichel says he not out there to throw jabs and avoid taking damage – he's out there to throw bombs. Cruz says they're pretty evenly matched, but Iaquinta has better wrestling, so they want to keep him against the cage and dirty box him. Cruz says Pichel can outwork Iaquinta and win, and Pichel says he hopes Iaquinta has strapped on his iron chin, because he's going to break it.

Anik puts over the website for voting on the season's best knockouts, submissions, and fights, and the winners will receive $25000 (nice) – you have until Wednesday night to vote. We get our obligatory UFC 146 pimp showing JDS and Mir, and now it's time for the second fight. Pichel out first, followed by Iaquinta and both guys are fighting on just seven days' rest. Iaquinta's one unassuming looking dude, and Pichel's got a slight height and 3 ½" reach advantage and better record.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz) vs Al Iaquinta (Team Faber)

Round 1: Touch of the gloves and Iaquinta comes out swinging and throwing kicks, but Pichel blocks everything well. Iaquinta shoots for a single, Pichel defends and punches him in the face, Iaquinta switches to a double and presses Pichel against the fence, but he ends up letting go and dragging him down from behind. Iaquinta has one hook in and looks to be looking for a choke, but Pichel stands up and they separate. Picheal comes forward swinging and landing and Iaquinta answers with one of his own. Pichel with the jab, Iaquinta misses a head kick, and Pichel eats a jab while looking for an uppercut. Iaquinta with a nice feint-body kick combination and they both whiff on front kicks. Pichel lands a handful of good punches and looks to have bloodied Iaquinta's nose, but Iaquinta answers with a leg kick. Iaquinta slipping Pichel's punches and countering well. Pichel looks for a takedown but settles for a knee to the body and a big leg kick. Iaquinta whiffs on a head kick, Pichel whiffs on a flying knee, and Iaquinta takes him down. Iaquinta eats a couple of elbows which causes him to start working his ground and pound. He lands some good shots, but Pichel gets up and lands an uppercut. Pichel chases Iaquinta with punches and kicks as the round ends.

Scorecard: 10-9 Iaquinta, but a close round overall

Round 2: Iaquinta comes out jabbing and Pichel barely blocks a head kick. Pichel with a combination and another, but Iaquinta keeps slipping the power punches at the end. Iaquinta comes in with a combination of his own but Pichel keeps coming forward and he's swinging a lot more without really landing a lot. Pichel landing straight punches at will now, and following them up well too. Iaquinta with a combination, but Pichel counters and knocks his mouthpiece out. They trade leg kicks and jabs, and Mazzagatti stops them to put the mouthpiece back in. Iaquinta working the leg kicks, so Pichel lands a short front kick. Pichel with a pair of punches and a kick and then a straight right. Iaquinta landing some weak kicks to the thigh and body of Pichel, but Pichel easily stuffs a takedown and goes back to the jab. They exchange leg kicks and Pichel gets off another combination. Both guys bleeding from the nose now and Pichel keeps looking for the knockout punch and Iaquinta keeps landing leg kicks. Pichel with a big leg kick of his own. Iaquinta looks for a single, eats a faceful of punches, pushes Pichel against the cage and eats even more punches to the face. He tries for a double, but Pichel stuffs it and they separate. Iaquinta with a body kick and they trade combinations for the last thirty seconds of the fight.

Scorecard: 10-9 Pichel

I'll be surprised if we don't see a third round here. Well, doesn't look like it, as they're cleaning both guys up.

Official Decision – Winner: Al Iaquinta, Unanimous Decision (20-18x2)

Both guys in the final are from Team Faber, and Iaquinta says Pichel is tough, he had to stick and move, and he did. Iaquinta says there's no obstacles, it's just business as usual, and he shouts out his hometown, his trainers, and (belatedly) his parents. Pichel was thinking there'd be a third round, but he thinks Iaquinta got it because of leg kicks.

Anik is with Dana, and Dana says Chiesa has had strong performances through the whole thing, pointing out the death of Chiesa's father and how he soldiers on through it, and that Iaquinta's last fight was a great one but he beat very tough guy tonight. Dana tells the fighters he was impressed with them all, and they will all be fighting at the Finale, so don't get too crazy, and we get our staredown between Iaquinta and Chiesa.

NEXT WEEK ON TUF LIVE: The Ultimate Fighter LIVE Finale - a full night of fights featuring the guys from this season.

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)



TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)



KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition





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